X-Flight Coming to Six Flags Great America in 2012

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Posted September 6, 2011 by Joel in Theme Park News

Six Flags Great America has announced their 2012 roller coaster, X-Flight. Here’s a video with both on-ride and off-ride views:

And, here’s more from a Six Flags press release:

Get ready to take flight! Six Flags Great America announces plans to add a state-of-the-art roller coaster for the 2012 season. X-Flight is a ground-breaking wing coaster featuring cutting-edge technology. The Gurnee theme park is the first to announce plans for a wing coaster in the U.S.

X-Flight will take riders on a flight that defies gravity, with no track above or below them. Riders sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with their feet dangling, as they begin their climb up a 12-story plunge launching them into speeds of 55mph through 3,000 feet of intense drops and five inversions, including a barrel roll and zero-g roll. One of the most adrenaline-pumping moments on the ride is an extreme fly-through where the coaster speeds straight toward a structure, before making a last-minute vertical flip to fit through a keyhole cut-out.

“Six Flags Great America has a long history of introducing legendary rides and first-of-its-kind roller coasters,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America Park President. “What makes
X-Flight so unique is soaring through 3,000 feet of high-speed drops, loops and turns, with nothing above or below you. The coaster’s train actually looks like a plane with seats suspended on either side of the track. It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before. We are thrilled to bring this revolutionary wing coaster to our guests for the 2012 season.”

Read more, watch another video, and vote in a first impression poll at The Coaster Critic’s Blog.


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Joel

I'm a native of Virginia and I got my first taste of roller coasters at Kings Dominion. In 2006, I merged my interests for writing and roller coasters by creating The Coaster Critic's Blog. Later, I created a number of other sites and currently I run ThemeParker.com which includes the Theme Park Geekly community magazine.